Bell Proving Ready for Next Career Step
Christopher Bell picked up his series-leading fourth victory in Saturday’s NASCAR Camping World Truck Series Overton’s 150 at Pocono Raceway.
The Kyle Busch Motorsports driver has impressed through the first 12 races of the season, scoring top-10’s in all but one event.
This strength and consistency has not only proven his potential to once again be a title contender this year after making last season’s Championship 4 but attests to his future in the sport.
KBM has produced high-quality drivers in recent years, and Bell is no exception. He is the third consecutive competitor to compete for the team and have a remarkable season following Erik Jones and William Byron.
However, Bell is setting himself apart from Jones and Byron.
Jones experienced similar consistency as he only placed outside of the top-10 three times in 2015. Bell’s ability to win provides him an edge as Jones only captured three victories while Bell has already surpassed that mark at the halfway point of the season.
Byron’s seven wins in 2016 broke numerous series records, but consistency wasn’t always his strong suit as he captured 16 top-10’s. Bell is at 11 with 11 events remaining in 2017 and will likely top Byron.
Bell is proving to have an advantage in both statistical categories, and it’s creating a stout tenure while showing that he’s worthy of a promotion.
When the 22-year-old made his NASCAR XFINITY Series debut at Charlotte in May with Joe Gibbs Racing, he ran exceptional and finished fourth after overcoming adversity from an early race spin.
Bell’s five additional opportunities behind the wheel for JGR this season will likely yield similar results as he has seemed to defy the learning curve that is typically associated with the transition between the two series.
While his sights are set on battling for the Truck Series championship this fall, his performance through the remainder of the season won’t have much influence on his future after establishing himself as a talented, versatile racer over the last year of the half.
A title would be an excellent addition to his résumé but shouldn’t be necessary for him to earn a full-time ride in the XFINITY Series next season.
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